Research shows that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived people are in the workplace, at school and on the road. Lack of sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment and situational awareness and increases lapses in attention and risk taking – all things that make a drowsy driver a dangerous driver.
According to NHTSA, from 2009 to 2013, there were over 72,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy drivers, but it is agreed that drowsy driving is significantly underreported. An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analysis estimated that 7% of all crashes and 16.5% of fatal crashes involved drowsy driving. This translates to more than 5,000 people dying in drowsy driving crashes in 2015 alone.
GHSA is partnering with the National Road Safety Foundation to support innovative state approaches that address the pressing issue of drowsy driving. The grants will be awarded to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) through a competitive application process that will be announced in early 2017.